Man dies after SUV catches fire in crash

Hutchinson News – July 31, 2017

A man from Plains died after a crash early Sunday morning outside of Meade.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol crash log, Alton L. Willimon, 68, of Plains was driving a sports utility vehicle westbound on U.S. 54 at a high rate of speed when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve to the right about three-fourths of a mile east of Meade at 2:26 a.m. The vehicle crossed the center line and went into the south ditch, then crossed U.S. 160. It landed in the south ditch, then vaulted over a fence line and landed nose-first. It flipped end-over-end and rolled one time, ejecting Willimon.

The vehicle came to a stop south of U.S. 54 facing southeast, where it burned completely.

Willimon was taken first to Meade District Hospital, then flown to the burn unit at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita, but Kansas Highway Patrol reported he later died.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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